Adolescents are bombarded with messages on relationships from the media. The teen magazine is particularly popular media source for young adolescent females. Published analysis of the content of teen magazines has not appeared in the literature since the early 1 990's. This research was designed to explore how relationships are portrayed in teen magazines, specifically Seventeen, the industries most widely circulated magazine.
Twenty-four issues of Seventeen magazine were read by two readers. A coding scheme was developed taking cues from the literature. The magazines were coded for the number of space devoted to the following topics: beauty (makeup, skin care, hair, etc.) fashion (clothes, shoes,) health, entertainment (including fiction), interviews, relationships, education & career development, ideology (morality, politics, religion), self-esteem, special problems (drugs/alcohol issues, delinquency, sex abuse), recurring columns (horoscope, web calendar) and other. Each magazine was also coded for every reference to behaviors that make a boy either a "good" or "bad" boyfriend. Results were compared to findings from a survey of adolescents
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Becker, Amy; Hill, Bobby; MacDonald, Patricia; Mullen, Matt; Sandlin, Beth; and Woelfel, Cheryl
"Teenage Relationships: An Analysis of Seventeen Magazine,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 6:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol6/iss1/5